Children of the Can: Bristol Graffiti and Street Art, the follow-up to 2008’s hugely successful Children of the Can: 25 Years of Bristol Graffiti is launched at PRSC on Saturday 1st Dec.
The Launch will take place at 5pm and there will be music and merriment into the evening.
Throughout the day, there will be painting throughout Stokes Croft by Bristol’s Finest.
What started out as a straightforward second edition quickly took on a life of its own and has grown into a new project. Since the initial publication of Children of the Can the Bristol graffiti scene has seen emergence of many new artists and events, cementing Bristol’s status as one of the UK and Europe’s most influential cities in the street art movement.
With more than 70 added pages and 30 new artists Children of the Can: Bristol Graffiti and Street Art gives a comprehensive A- Z of some of the biggest names in Bristol graffiti. Including:
3D, Banksy, Cheo, China Mike, Epok, Filthy Luker, FLX, Haka, Inkie, Jeff Row, Jody, Lokey, Mr.Jago, Mudwig, Nick Walker, Rowdy, Sickboy, Turoe, What Collective, Will Barras, The Z-Boys and many more…
Author Felix ‘FLX’ Braun started writing graffiti in the mid-80s and grew up with the Bristol scene painting alongside the likes of Inkie and Nick Walker. He continues to live and paint in the city and has unrivalled access to the artists and their work. Here, they tell their stories in their own words.
Most of the images in Children of the Can have never before been published and many have been provided from the artists’ sketchbooks and private collections.
300 Words: How is Japan?
Sooooo how is Japan?,
Three hundred words is not enough to even begin….
Nine days was no where near enough time either ….not enough time to describe the visual cacophony
of light and sounds that greets the first time traveller upon reaching down-town Tokyo….but that’s another story…I digress.
One of the subtlest things I loved about JApan was the colour co-ordination, the colour combo’s, which you
see everywhere, on everything, a certain sense of style, finess & finish, everything seems considered…
And everyone does their best, works their hardest…maybe sometimes too hard…you feel like saying to some people just chill out, let your hair down…
I got some big smiles from nearly everyone, and especially at the Onsen where people seemed to have most fun…that was real cool,
Seeing old folk sneaking beer into the baths, and chuckling when they got caught, the mountain people know how to live…
I love the architecture,
I love the treatment of nature
I love the fact that everything was so alien to me,
It could have been the age of Edo 150 years ago…
No wonder so many westerners have been inspired by Japan for so long.
It’s like no where else on earth and I’d do anything to go back,
Maybe paint something there..
See the whole country from top to bottom…
And bring all my friends.
There’s something for everyone.
hope all is going well with you this summer
I have a solo show opening in Bristol, England at the Art-El Gallery.
Opening Night is THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST – 6.30 – 9.30PM.
All new work. BIG psychedelic paintings.
Hand painted decks and a new Underground Comic…
Flyer attached and hit the link for the promo animation (it’s not long and well worth it!) –http://vimeo.com/45829785
Gallery site – http://www.art-el.co.uk/
The competition has closed and Mother Goose has been summarily executed and laid to rest under a bonsai tree in the chottomatte Emperors garden may god have mercy on her soul. She was getting old you see.. Not quite the prize goose she was and in this industry there’s no room for sentiment… Time waits for no goose. And on that note we shall bring proceedings to a close.
Ladies and Gentlemen we have a WINNER!
His name is Cheo and as luck would have it he happens to be a dab hand at daubing his graffiti (see pictures above) We asked:
1) How do you feel to not only be part of Europe’s biggest ever graffiti jam, but also the winner of the *OFFICIAL* SeeNoEvil Golden Egg Hunt?!
I am over the moon! People like me don’t usually win things.
2) What was the highlight of the jam for you?
I think finishing my piece.
3) What is it about Bristol that makes such good graffiti artists?
It has to be something in the water…apart from the usual turds and rubber Jhonnys.
4) What’s next for Bristol – would you like to see this happening again?
See No Evil must be repeated it would be bloody stupid not to…huge success and positive vibes all round!
5) Who’s work did you enjoy seeing the most?
Smug’s portrait of Epok is super dope…that man has mental skills!
And finally… a little birdy tells me two eggs are still in place. #2 PARTY Egg and #4 MILK Egg. Which means #1 #5 and #6 are M.I.A…
Look for the six golden eggs from Thursday
- Follow Mr. Bubba’s rappin rhymes riddles on twitter @beelziBUBBER and @david_sausage
- See if you can find the six golden eggs
- Send an email with your contact email address to the special address you find on the flag. If there’s no flag then crack the egg to find the email you need inside!
- The most prolific egg hunter wins a special Japan-only chottomatte goodie-prize bag presented by Bubba on Saturday
Where FEEK and Ice Cream be getting it on
You can talk to Mother Goose through the intercom correction *M.I.A.*
Goosey got the PARTY bug like bird influenza
If you can’t find the bog see the motion sensor!
Under the city’s DRAGON by da O.G. Pandas *FOUND!*
Mama Goosey dropped her load, climb to have a gander
If you go and find MILK at the top of the steps
She told MOTHER GOOSE she better know the LEDGE
She drops another load as ACER sinks ships
Look below the fresh pieces and through the rubbish
Where the wolf howls over @xnz moonlit canopy *found*
Goosey got brave and dropped her gold in a tree
The eggs have arrived safely… Watch out for them in and around Nelson Street, Bristol on the 18th! Squaaaaark!
“Hey kid! Lend us some of that Carplan blue!”
It was Dekode of TCF, and next to him was Paris and perched rather precariously atop of him was another scruffy-looking East Hull youth type adding the finishing touches to their production. He looked a bit frightening, I better give him my paint I thought.
We came back the next day (what else to do on a grey cloaked Northern weekend?) and found a dazzling piece, a masterpiece production with spinning B-boy rockerz awash with energy.
My! Those East Hull ruffians certainly knew how to make the best of a bad can of Boys’s Carplan. Throughout those summers at the warehouse there was a friendly rivalry with TCF and DRA. For all intense purposes they were the same crew.
Nonetheless you could see the TCF crew had an energy and force that set them apart from the chilled vibe of the DRA at that time.
TCF were a three-headed beast and it worked so well. Dekode the egg-chasing friendly powerhouse, Paris the dark horse dreamy schemer and then,,, Sens,,, l’enfant terrible.
It was said he would on occasions leave pieces half-done much to the chagrin of other writers. “What is it?”… “Why’s he not finished it?”
Xens came at it all from a different angle, a rusty busted perspective.
Fired-up twisting metalic shapes were left scrappy and unfinished – where the hell was he going with all this? And then came the first buildings and tower blocks complete with roads and metal panels and cables and wires and beams and lights and cars set to a moody futuristic Turner-like sky and his style blossomed. Bristol was his platform and like his famous budgerigars, canaries and cockatiels, bird-brained Xenz had taken flight: Gambia, Australia, Switzerland, France and this summer to Ibiza to paint with old school writers Goldie and Inkie. David Sausage talks to Xenz.
1) What is graffiti inside your mind?
A big dog that’s soft as a teady bear that has multicolured triangular hair with millions of spots .
2) Urban in Ibiza August 8th featuring Cheba, Inkie, Goldie, Xenz, Cept, Kid Acne, Chu, Zeus, Ben Slow, wow… What’s that?
Its an exhibition on an island full of hippies and loonies from all over the world.
3) Who was the cock of your year at school and if he saw you now would he spark you owt or say niyus won?
Can’t remember his name he was a dick but hed say Niyus won.
4) Why did graffiti happen so much and take such a decidedly experimental twist in Hull?
Lots of empty buildings and bored kids with the city devided in half by a river.
5) You’ve been a friend for a long time, after all what are friends for?
Borrowing things from.
6) Roads, Birds, Futuristic landscapes, lines and Twitter where are you going with all this?
Allong the spiral of life trying to help people feel ok about thinking outside what they are told is the way to do it or trying to counteract negative vibes with niceness.
7) Why do we paint graffiti?
To have trendy finger nails.
8 ) What’s the most ultimate maximus radickle thing you can do?
9) What will you be painting at Inkie’s See No Evil?
Something abstract with something real in the middle and something wrong up the top.
10) What’s your impression of Japan? Do you plan to exhibit here?
I have very good impression of Japan – very pretty, very futuristical and beautiful. I’d love to come and do my thing.
Xenz is unavoidable, but if you really need help finding him he’s here:
UK graffiti legend Inkie is planning to have a huge 3 day graffiti jam in Bristol’s town center from Thursday, August 18th to Saturday 20th. This is set to be Europe’s biggest ever graffiti jam. Having a concrete box with a runny nose all done up spick and span bristol fashion by a slice of the bestest local writers plus TATS cru, El Mark and so far Shoe from Holland can’t be a bad thing. Bristol Council have seen the tourist pull of Melbourne’s Alleys and since one can already take a “Banksy tour” expect graffiti, stencil and artists to be there in no short measure.
We here at Chotto Matte are looking to interview Inkie but looks like he’s going to have his hands full until after the event.
Mother Goose was so excited when she heard the news that Bristol is set to be the stage of Europe’s biggest ever graffiti jam she laid 6 GOLDEN EGGS! They will be located all around Nelson street whilst the event is on… see if you can find them all! Person with the most eggs wins a …
V E R Y S P E C I A L P R I Z E !!!